From A Biographical
History of Central Kansas, Vol. I, p. 1280
published by The Lewis Publishing Co, Chicago & New York, 1902
J. A. Lyons
On the roster of public
officials in Raymond township, Rice county, appears the name of J. A. Lyons, an
honored and respected resident of his locality.
He has labored effectively and earnestly for the interests of his fellow
citizens, and along the line of intellectual, moral and material improvement his
work has been of marked benefit. For
twenty-two years he has resided in this portion of Rice county, years actively
devoted to its upbuilding and improvement.
Mr. Lyons is a native of the
far-off state of Connecticut, his birth occurring in New Haven, in 1875.
His father, Michael Lyons, died when the son was a small boy.
In 1879 our subject came with his mother to Rice county, where she is
still living and is now Mrs. Berry. He
was reared to farm life here and was early taught lessons of industry, honesty
and economy. His educational
privileges were those afforded by the common schools, but since putting aside
his text-books he has added largely to his knowledge through practical
experience, reading and observation, and is now a well informed man.
For the past several years he had been prominently and successfully
engaged in the grain business at Raymond, and in this he has met with a well
merited degree of prosperity.
In addition to his extensive
business operations Mr. Lyons has also found time to devote to the political
interests of his locality, being an active worker in the ranks of the Democratic
party. On that ticket he was also elected to the office of Justice
of the peace, in which he served for two years, proving a capable official.
He has also been called to the office of constable, and on the 6th
of November, 1900, he was made township trustee, in which he is the present
incumbent. In his social relations Mr.
Lyons is connected with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and with the Modern
Woodmen of America. He is one of
the solid, successful and progressive citizens of his community.
His worth is widely acknowledged and the people recognize that they owe
much to him for his efforts in behalf of this section of the state.